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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Nothing Like The Jewish People!

One of the last things my kids did before Shabbat and first thing after Shabbat was to check how much money had been donated to make Yehuda Yitzchak HaYisraeli's home fully handicapped accessible. Do to a very ridiculous government "rule," although Israelis who live in all of the Land of Israel, including Judea, Samaria etc do full army service and disproportionately in large numbers serve in the most dangerous units, the budget to renovate homes to suit those handicapped as a result of injuries while serving can't be given if they want to live at home.

Miraculously, has reached a point where he has been released, though very handicapped. And when his family and friends discovered that his Ofra address disqualified him from government subsidized renovations, they opened a headstart fundraising project. Within 24 hours the goal was reached, and money is still being donated.

"All Jews Are Responsible for One Another"Yehuda Yitzchak HaYisraeli, an Israeli hero and soldier in Operation Protective Edge, was severely injured while bravely trying to return Hadar Goldin HY"D to our forces.
For two long years, Yehuda lay in a coma surrounded by his wife, parents and dedicated family members. They never moved from his bedside and never stopped believing and hoping that this young, happy and always smiling man would one day return to how he once was.
The Jewish people remember the emotional Brit Mila ceremony that was performed on Yehuda's son, while Yehuda was still in a coma. Not one eye remained dry as the baby boy was named Erez and everyone prayed that the father would raise him in the ways of Torah, to his wedding and to do good deeds.
The miracle happened. Yehuda regained consciousness a few months ago. Since then, Yehuda has been undergoing intense, tiring and challenging rehabilitation, throughout which, he has been relearning basic skills. There is hope that with Yehuda's desire to continue moving forward, his faith and strength of character, together with his family's and the entire Jewish people's unwavering support; Yehuda will make a full recovery.
Today, Yehuda has gotten to the stage where he not only wants to, but can leave the walls of the hospital and return home to continue the long and difficult rehabilitation process from there. Just like every injured soldier, Yehuda is eligible to receive monetary aid from the Ministry of Defense in order to renovate his home to fit his current needs due to his injuries.
Sadly, in Yehuda's case, receiving such aid is being hindered due to the fact that Yehuda's home is in Ofra; a community that undergoes building freezes. Any construction or renovation in Ofra is prohibited by the Ministry of Defense.
Yehuda's family feel helpless standing against the political bureaucracy that is preventing them from giving Yehuda the conditions needed to provide him with the best of treatment at home. Conditions that would allow Yehuda to live with respect and human decency at home, without becoming a burden.
We, the Jewish people, cannot stand by and leave Yehuda and his family "injured in the field".
We, the Jewish people, cannot allow bureaucracy and politics to overrule the basic ethics and caring for one another that we were raised with, the ethics that the Israeli Defense Forces and the Jewish people in their entirety, are founded upon.
We, the Jewish people, do not depend on others. We take responsibility for ourselves.
We, the Jewish people, will bring Yehuda home tomorrow!
Come, join us in raising money for Yehuda and his family.


Netivotgirl said...

How very moving! Thank you for highlighting this glorious example of the chesed of Am Yisrael!! Bravo Batya!

Batya said...

Bravo to the Jewish People!

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Batya said...

Yes, but Bibi could have easily had the ruling changed or even say that he would find the funding until the law changed.